London… London! It goes without saying that this city’s worldwide clout has a nightlife reputation to match. Generally known internationally as the most-visited city on the planet, the capital of the UK has a club culture that rivals any place in the world.
Home to centuries of history, three summer Olympics, and more than 300 languages, this diverse and vibrant city always has something interesting going on. Whether it’s house, hip-hop, rock, indie, electronic, or whatever else floats by, London never disappoints when it comes to fantastic music and dancing.
Chic, immersed in history, bustling with people, and shining on the River Thames, London is a gold mine in the E.U.’s party scene!
10. 1. Fabric
As one of London’s foremost clubs and with a track record that dates back to 1999, Fabric is one of those places you must visit if you pass through London just once. With three rooms, a “bodysonic” vibrating dance floor, and enough space for serious live acts, this is where casual clubbers and serious EDM fans come for a night out. With major names like Carl Cox and regular guests like DVS1 who pass through, many musical styles are represented here, and the Sunday WetYourSelf! Crew keeps things bumping on a weekly basis.
9. 2. KOKO
Formerly a theater that opened in 1900, this killer venue has made a name for itself not only in the electronic music world but also hip-hop, indie, and rock scene. With a capacity of around 1,4000, this place is ideal for an intimate show but also can keep the party thumping ‘til the early hours. Best part of Koko? Probably how beautiful the tiered balconies and stage look from the crowd.
8. 3. Studio 338
Been daydreaming of the hot beaches and hotter nightclubs of Ibiza? Look no further than Studio 338 – located in Southeast London, and known as the biggest club around, this place has a capacity of 3,000 and a sound system that may outlast many of our own laptops. With an outdoor terrace that pumps in hot air during England’s cooler months, this place is truly reminiscent of Ibiza’s outrageous nightlife.
7. 4. Proud Camden
Wait, you’ve never partied inside a renovated horse’ stable with a dance pole and VIP service? Worry not, Proud Camden has your back! With VIP service in the rear and whimsical spaces to party or cozy up, not to mention the huge gig rooms with some of the world’s biggest names, this vibrant club always has something interesting going on. Music ranges anywhere from Calvin Harris to The Kooks to A$AP Rocky, and with a laid-back yet hip feel, Proud Camden is definitely one place to check off your to-do list.
6. 5. Corsica Studios
Nestles beneath the Elephant and Castle train station in Southeast London, Corsica has the raw underground energy of a Berlin nightclub, and the music isn’t too far distant. With house, techno, electronic, and minimal house, this place is one of London’s intimate, hidden treasures.
5. 6. Egg
If you’re looking for some gritty music and a friendly crowd, Egg provides a party several nights (and days) per week. With a quick queue (that means line for anyone not familiar with the British lingo), warehouse vibes and a serious trance scene, Egg is ahead of the game in more ways than one. Just make sure you find the address and exact location on your smartphone beforehand – this place can be hard to find, but it’s worth the party.
4. 7. Ministry of Sound
Originally a bastion for American house music in the early 90s, Ministry of Sound has been one of London’s electronic mainstays for more than two decades. It has since evolved into a multimedia entertainment business (you can listen to their radio station online), but its legendary reputation and world-class system keep Ministry of Sound bumping night after night.
3. 8. XOYO
With an edgy yet diverse crowd, focus on great music, and two levels, XOYO keeps the crowds consistent. Located in Shoreditch, XOYO boasts a varied lineup that ranges from indie rock shows to heady DJ residencies. Dress up or wear your grungiest digs- XOYO has something for everyone.
2. 9. Cargo
Tucked into a disused railway yard on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, Cargo offers a one-of-a-kind clubbing experience that throws art, incredible music, “chill” rooms, and terraces into one. The eclectic lighting, tables, and graffiti-oriented art make you feel like you’re truly in an underground gem, while the music will keep your feet moving until late.
1. 10. Heaven
Whether you’re bad or good, straight or gay, or somewhere between, Heaven is where you’ll ultimately end up! As one of London’s mainstays since 1979, this club is already written into the history books as the city’s foremost gay getaway. Built in an old wine cellar underneath the Charing Cross railway station, Heaven is just where you want to be at the end (or beginning) of it all!
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